I just completed a four hour shift canvassing for Rich Sexton in Mt Laurel. The targeted neighborhood turned out to be a neighborhood nearly 90% “undeclared”. This means an independent flavor, and reflects a neighborhood with a high percentage of voters who do not vote in the primary, as they have not made a party declaration. This then also suggests lighter voters, as they do not vote in party primaries. In other words, this is prime territory, because it is rich in independents, and it is rich in people who tend to skip non-presidential elections.
The great news is that we received many strong commitments to vote for Rich Sexton. Again, the absolutely number one issue is Iraq. And nearly everyone is opposed to the “stay the course” non-strategy. This canvassing is the classic GOTV that wins elections, and if the concerned people of south Jersey show up and help with this critical GOTV, Rich will unquestionably pull out the win. This is the stealth element of the campaign, and it flies right under Jim Saxton’s radar.
Everyone who cares about this election should spend a minimum of one hour per week talking to voters. There are still a surprising number of voters who are disgusted by the current Congress, but do not even know who is running in the 3rd District. This is what GOTV overcomes. Without GOTV, Jim Saxton gets default votes, by people who would not vote for him, if they understood his unflagging support for “STAYING THE COURSE”.
BTW, has anyone heard about canvassing efforts for Jim Saxton? I have yet to discover anyone who expresses any passion or excitement for him. It seems that his voting base is almost entirely based on casually informed voters, and a base of Republicans terrorified of a Democrat Congress.